State police spokesman Trooper Dan Kesten said the friend who stopped by the auto repair shop was worried about Gaurrich after he was unable to get in contact with him Friday. When he got to the shop, he found Gaurrich’s body and immediately called police, Kesten said.
“People were expecting him to return home,” Kesten said of Gaurrich.
“He was wonderful,” said Jessica Hoover, Gaurrich’s girlfriend of two years. “He took the shirt off his back for anyone. He’d do anything for you.”
Hoover became worried when he did not return to the couple’s Forward home on Friday night, Kesten said, and asked a friend to check on him. The friend found Gaurrich dead about 11:20 p.m. Friday, Kesten said, and called state police.
It was not clear how long Gaurrich had been dead in the shop before his body was found, Kesten said.
State police remained at the auto body shop for more than 14 hours, searching for evidence and to determine whether anything was stolen.
It did not appear that anyone had forced their way into the business, Kesten said. Police were trying to determine a motive and identify any suspects on Saturday afternoon.
Kesten added that he was not aware of previous problems at the shop.